H. Harper Station

For hundreds of years, tiny trains loaded with locally milled cotton departed the Atlanta train depot on the West Point route, bound for the Alabama border. Trains in those days would pause at a “watering stop,” like a lagoon, to refill steam engines. Enterprising locals sold sandwiches at these “watering holes.” So it’s no surprise that H. Harper Station restaurant, located in the former train depot and named for Railroad Engineer Harold Harper, describes itself as a “modern watering stop.” Exposed brick walls, reclaimed wood floors, and high ceilings help it retain its train depot feel (the line ran until the 1970s). Chef Joseph Ward highlights a menu featuring small plates of modern Southern cuisine, such as local grits and grass-fed beef. The bar menu is a throwback to the pre-Prohibition era, including eight antique punchbowls filled with retro mixes—“the punchbowl was the predecessor to the modern cocktail,” explains Mixologist Jerry Slator, the grandson of Harold Harper.

Signature Dishes

 Butter-Roasted Sea Scallops
Skillet-roasted red cabbage, acorn squash, d’Anjou pear brown butter, and currants

Grilled Berkshire Pork Loin
Gum Creek Farms pork, honey-garlic glaze, crispy pork belly, Sea Island red pea hoppin’ John, charred broccoli, and lemon pork jus

Grilled Hanger Steak
Indian-spiced home fries, roasted local rabe, and chunky raita

The Beltline Burger
Black Angus, American cheese, house pickles, griddled onions, Bibb lettuce, and garlic-herb tater tots